Right after the Tizi n Tichka pass, on the road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, you’ll find the renovated Berber house Dar Isselday owned by Kamal and Fatima Yakoubi. This charming guesthouse is a modern interpretation of ancient Morocco. The traditional architectural elements were maintained during the renovation.
Upon entering the guesthouse, one immediately feels a sense of warmth and cosiness. Which is nice, because it can be quite cold at this altitude when summer is over. Delicious smells greet us from the kitchen. Fatima and her team cook the most wonderful meals. Even the meals resemble the mixture of traditional Morocco on the one hand and modern influences on the other. For example, for dessert we ate potato pudding with rose water and for breakfast we had omelette with a garlic tomato dressing. Because we stayed there for 3 days, the last day they offered us pastilla with chicken. This meals takes a lot preparation time. That’s why, usually, it is reserved for wedding or other parties only.
The rooms are decorated with Berber rugs, real duvets and pom pom blankets. The hot water flows abundantly from the shower. The breakfast (which -again- is delicious) is served in traditional Berber tents on the patio. Or on the colourful terrace, which comes with a fantastic view over the valley.
Dar Isselday is a perfect stop over when you are on the way from Marrakech to Ouarzazate or vice versa. But if you wish to, you can also stay there a couple of days. On departure you will receive a crystal that was found in the nearby caves. If you are planning on staying a bit longer, you can even go look for crystals or gemstones yourself.
Want to get in touch or book a stay? Visit their website.